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Gard Vintners “Freyja” White Wine

2016 Lawrence Vineyards, Columbia Valley, Washington (63% Viognier, 37% Roussanne)

Bright notes of lemon/lime, white peach, lychee and white flowers. A touch of spice, similar to citrus zest adds complexity. Swirling (the glass, not your head or body) adds a light sweetness to the fruit and a touch of honeycomb. Beware of honeybees hovering over your glass. The palate is fresh, polished and impeccably balanced, like a baby dolphin riding a unicycle across a razor blade, finishing with hints of citrus and minerality. $18.99/btl

 

Aranwa Rose of Malbec

2015 Mendoza, Argentina

This wine shows intense raspberry color, captivating tropical and red fruit aromas with floral hints. This wine of interesting structure and sweet tannins feels fresh, unctuous (not to be confused with suave, urbane, or glib!) and has a well-balanced acidity. Ideal as an aperitif to pair with lighter fish & poultry dishes. Not bacon. $13.99/btl

 

Piota Pinot Nero

2015 Oltrepo Pavese DOC, Lombardy, Italy

Red colored tending to garnet, it has an elegant bouquet with hints of wild berries and licorice.

To the palate, it is well structured, warm and enveloping like a baby in her mother's arms. Almost velvety, leaves a pleasant, evolved

tannic feel. $19.99/btl

 

Vinedos Altimira Valley Malbec

2011 Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina

Their Estate Malbec comes from grapes grown at their Vista Flores vineyard. These Malbec grapes were hand-picked and sorted before the crush. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months before bottling. The color is deep purple and the fragrance is of red and blue berries. On the palate, the fruit is soft and pleasing with smooth tannins. The acidity, and structure are both good, and the wine has a clean finish. $22.99/btl

 

Vin Atlas Global Fusion Red Wine

2013 Global Blend (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec 4% Petit Verdot)

Bordeaux style red blend that’s bucking convention with its globally sourced grapes. This pairs perfectly with meats, chocolate, spices, and cheeses. And bacon. It is an impeccably balanced, smooth, and easy to drink red wine. On the nose enjoy aromas of chocolate, strawberry, coffee and oak. $23.99/btl

 

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Demetria “Le Belier” Pinot Noir

2016 Santa Rita Hills, California

(100% Pinot Noir)

This reserve wine is bright-garnet in color and is followed by a beautiful expressive nose of black cherry, rose petals, vanilla toast and boysenberry.  Offering both red and black current nuances intermixed with hints of Chines five spice, plum, sassafras and mushroom. Only 300 cases produced! $74.99/btl

 

Arcibaldo Rosso Toscano IGT

2012 Tuscany, Italy

(50% Sangiovese, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon)

This wine greets you with an intense and complex bouquet that hints of ripe fruits, spicy cacao and coffee. It is a wine with mature tannins and a nice, long finish. For those new to the term, this wine is considered a Super Tuscan. What the heck is a Super Tuscan? It’s simply a wine from Tuscany that may include non-indigenous international grapes in the blend, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.  The Archibaldo spent 7 months in Slovenian oak and 7 months in a mix of French and American oak, lending to its rich taste despite its high content of Sangiovese! If you’ve never been into Italian wines, Super Tuscans are a good place to start as they are often a smooth transition from our California style Cabs and Red Blend. 91 points Wine Spectator $49.99/btl

 

Westerly Fletcher’s Red

2012 Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, CA

(40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Sangiovese,23% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec)

This wine is a unique proprietary blend of all five red Bordeaux varieties, along with a fraction of Sangiovese that results in this wine being a Santa Barbara Super-Tuscan. All of the individual lots were harvested by hand between September 10 and October 23, and then hand-sorted, de-stemmed and fermented in small stainless steel tanks. The components were racked to blend after a year in small French oak barrels, and then spent another 6 months in barrel before being bottled in July 2014. The 2012 Fletcher’s Red is a full-bodied, gracefully styled wine. The color is a dark and brilliant ruby, with aromas of blackberry pie and toasted oak. Seamless and quite rich on the palette, this wine offers a myriad of flavors manifested over a wonderfully persistent finish. This wine should drink well for 10-15+ years. Wine Enthusiast gave it 95 points! $64.99/btl